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English Language Proficiency Tests

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  Test Minimum Competence for Undergraduate Admission1 Minimum Competence for Entry to the Conditional Admission Program4 Minimum Competence for Vantage College
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Overall 70 Overall 60 with no sub-test below 50 Overall 50
CEL UBC Certificate in English Language2 600 500 400
Cambridge English Qualifications3 B2 First
C1 Advanced
C2 Proficiency
180 170 160
IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic) 6.5 with no part less than 6.0 6.0 with no part less than 5.5 5.5 overall
Minimum 5.0 Speaking and Listening
Minimum 5.5 Reading and Writing
PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic) Overall Score: 65 Overall Score:60 Overall Score: 48
Reading: 60 Reading: 55 Reading: 43
Listening: 60 Listening: 55 Listening: 43
Writing: 60 Writing: 55 Writing: 43
Speaking: 60 Speaking: 55 Speaking: 43
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language5
Internet-based test Overall Score: 90 Overall Score: 82 Overall Score: 70
Reading: 22 Reading: 20 Reading: 16
Listening: 22 Listening: 20 Listening: 16
Writing: 21 Writing: 19 Writing: 16
Speaking: 21 Speaking: 19 Speaking: 16
1 Unless otherwise stated, the score is the minimum on each part of the examination. Minimum scores must be achieved in a single sitting of the test (i.e., scores across multiple instances of a test may not be used to satisfy minimum component requirements). Tests taken more than two years prior to application for admission will not be considered.
2 See the UBC English Language Institute for further details.
3 Administered by the Cambridge Assessment English.
4 Undergraduate applicants who exceed admission requirements but who present an English language proficiency test score below the minimum required for direct entry to a degree program may be considered for the Conditional Admission Program through UBC's English Language Institute.
5 The TOEFL revised Paper delivered test are eligible for consideration and reviewed on an individual basis.

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